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I have a device on which I would like to install Ubuntu. How do I find out if Ubuntu will work on it?

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    Meta discussion about this question: “Can I run Ubuntu on my hardware?” questions: a discussion – clearkimura Dec 16 '17 at 17:03
  • @thomasrutter close away. This question exists as an implementation of the "Create a new canonical post about why questions like this are not suited to Ask Ubuntu (because <reasons>) with generic resources, links to better places to ask ..." idea in the meta question. – muru Jan 9 '18 at 4:41
  • help.ubuntu.com/community – thomasrutter Jan 9 '18 at 4:44
  • @thomasrutter this question exists so that we can point to people to something useful on this site when closing their questions, and to explain better why we can't answer questions like "will Ubuntu work on my laptop?", etc, rather than simply reiterating this for every such question in the comments. Linking to the Community Wiki as a whole simply isn't helpful in that context. They can't ask questions there. – muru Jan 9 '18 at 4:47
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Try it out.

This is the only real answer — there is enough variation in hardware specifics (even in a given model), and software changes too often, for any specific answer to remain valid long enough. Conversely, the many different components involved can cause many, different and unrelated, problems, so a post about what will happen with a specific device doesn't fit well with the Stack Exchange Question & Answer format:

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

Help: What types of questions should I avoid asking?

We can't handle open-ended questions about what problems you could face, but questions about specific problems are much better.


Live

You can make a bootable USB from the Ubuntu installation ISOs, and then try out a live session instead of installing. The live session doesn't make changes to your system by itself, so it's a safe way to test drive Ubuntu. However, even a successful run of the live session is not a certain indicator - there have been cases where the live session worked fine but the installed Ubuntu didn't.

Now, proceed to the first few steps of: How do I install Ubuntu? You should see an option to "Try Ubuntu":

  • UEFI boot:

    UEFI BOOT Menu

  • BIOS/UEFI legacy boot:

    Try Ubuntu BIOS

Once the live session starts, play around a bit with Ubuntu to see how much of your hardware works and how well it works. Try to narrow down any problems that you faced, and post individual questions with relevant details. Then we can help you with the specifics.


What follows is a set of links, both to posts here on Ask Ubuntu, and elsewhere, that can help you in your quest. I'll try to avoid passing judgement on any particular manufacturer, but instead try to link to canonical posts that's likely to be kept updated. The major tag for each section is also given next to heading, use them when asking questions. So, for example, a WiFi problem with a Qualcomm Atheros chip would be tagged and include the output of the wireless info script.

Common problem points

Hardware support can be hit and miss. It is helpful if you can lookup the exact hardware configuration of your system (i.e., not "3GB graphics" or "Killer WiFi", but "NVidia GTX 670MX" or "Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac" - the exact model number is important).


Dual-boot

UEFI

Recent releases of Ubuntu tend to play well with UEFI. See How do I install Ubuntu alongside a pre-installed Windows with UEFI?


Networking

WiFi

Post a question with the information from My wireless/WiFi connection does not work. What information is needed to diagnose the issue?

Broadcom Qualcomm Intel

Ethernet


Graphics

NVidia

AMD

Intel


CPU

Intel

ARM

If you have an ARM device, these might be informative:


Fingerprint reader


Webcams


SSDs


Touchpad


Sound

  • Might be worthwhile to note devices known to be troublesome out of the box. such as nVidia discrete graphics, and broadcom wifi. – ravery Dec 16 '17 at 17:05
  • @ravery (not trying to argue here, but) There's a reason I said I'd try to avoid passing judgement on manufacturers. That sort of thing becomes extremely hard to correct once it becomes "received wisdom". I have been using nVidia for ~5 years now, and the two cards I have work fine, but I also know people who have never managed to get nVidia cards working. Which experience would I include? – muru Dec 16 '17 at 17:10
  • agreeably true. performance for a particular device can vary depending on the manufacturer of the computer, especially in laptops. – ravery Dec 16 '17 at 17:17
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    A dual-boot note: I just bought a new laptop a few days ago with Windows 10, and it had bitlocker enabled. I couldn't resize the Windows partition without going into Windows and disabling bitlocker. – Izkata Dec 16 '17 at 22:24
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As for webcams the ubuntu webcam help page is a good start.

You may also search the list of devices supported by uvc driver directly.

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